Social Security Number

Social Security Number

A Social Security Number (SSN) is a unique, 9-digit number used for taxpayer identification, income reporting, and record-keeping purposes. Once issued, the number is valid for a lifetime. You should keep it safe and provide only as needed to US government agencies or credible financial institutions.

Who can apply

F-1 and J-1 students who are authorized for employment can apply for an SSN. More specifically:

When to apply

  • The application must be made before
    • your job at NYU starts, or
    • your off-campus work authorization expires.
  • You may not apply earlier than 30 days before your work begin date. F-1 students applying for an SSN on Optional Practical Training may not apply earlier than the start date indicated on the EAD (Employment Authorization Document received once the OPT is approved).
  • Once you’ve submitted your application you should receive your SSN within 2-4 weeks.

How to apply

If you work ON-CAMPUS
If you work OFF-CAMPUS

Social Security Card Centers

Note: If you live in New Jersey or elsewhere, please use the Social Security Office Locator to find the center where you should apply.

If you need a number for TAX forms and don’t qualify for an SSN
If you are a spouse of an NYU student

Lost Your Social Security Card?

It’s important that you protect your SSN and guard yourself against identity theft. If you lost your SSN card you will need to reapply for a new one. You can only apply for a replacement card if you are authorized to work off-campus or have an on-campus job at NYU.